Jussie Smollett Charged as Hate Crime Turns Out to be Hoax

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has now been charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, the Cook County State’s Attorney says.

Disorderly conduct is a Class 4 Felony. CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller says Smollett could face probation to up to 1.5 years in prison.

He is expected in bond court tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.

Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest, according to a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department.

Smollett’s attorneys released the following statement following the charge:

“Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”

Detectives presented evidence before a Cook County grand jury, police say.

The brothers’ attorney Gloria Schmidt spoke to the media after the brothers testified in front of the grand jury for 2.5 hours.

“I think the biggest thing for the American people to know is that this story has a lot of complications to it,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt says the brothers are not expecting to be charged with any crime “because they are not guilty of anything.”

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SOURCE: CBS Chicago